Post # 1
My wedding is less than a month away and preparing for changing my last name. I keep coming acros these sites that do it for you, like HitchSwitch. Are these things worth it? Which one do you suggest? Or can anyone direct me to a good “How To” on getting it all done on my own?
Post # 2
They’re not worth it.
When you get your marriage license back after mailing it in (your officiant will know how to do this), you take it and your social security card down to the social security office and you do it there.
Here’s the SS website with the FAQ.
Don’t pay for a useless service you could easily accomplish just by googling.
Once you get your new SS card with your new name, take the card and your marriage license to your banks, and meet with a bank employee to make the change official. Provide proof of name change (license/ss card) to your employer. Call your credit card companies’ customer service lines and change your name.
I wouldn’t pay strangers to do this. It would make me feel unsafe, given that they need to have your SS card and # to do it.
Post # 3
The thing is, it may take several months to remember all the places you need to make your name change. Even if you sign up for one of these services, you’ll probably have to do one or two manually. I still have my PayPal set up in my maiden name, but it still works fine. I’ve been meaning to email them a copy of my marriage license but I keep forgetting.
Post # 4
I agree – I did the SS right away, boring wait but easy enough to deal with. Then just haul the marriage license and new SS card around to the DMV, bank, CC, insurance and whatever else is local. Deal with everything else as it arises, like when you get a piece of mail that’s wrong. I’m actually still trying to get my professional license changed – I’d say I’m 2/3 of the way there b/c I took a stand against being charged for it. That has been the only one that’s been a pain for me, everything else is so easy that it’s a waste to hire someone else to do it for you (and strangers at that).
Post # 5
Just do it yourself.
SS office to make the name change with your marriage license/certificate, then to the RMV for drivers license.
The only other 2 places I had to go to were my bank and to get a new passport. All of my credit cards, utilities, even the mortgage I could do online.
Post # 6
Ok, I think I can do this! We are getting married in a small town in Colorado. We’ll get our marriage license the day before the wedding, walk it in the day after, head across the street to the Social Security office and get that taken care of — we figure the line at SSA in a small town has got to be much shorter than the lines in Seattle. I guess the big thing is if I have to change my name in person at the bank — my bank is in CA, I’m in WA.